GroupMe to make money from brand-sponsored group messaging

One of the leaders in a brat-pack of group messaging startups, New York-based GroupMe, has just launched its first attempt to monetize its service. It is adding “Featured Groups” to the service to draw in advertising dollars.

Phile makes it easy to create special interest groups on the web

A startup called Phile is launching a public beta today for its web-based tool that lets anyone create a special interest group on the web. The tool is automated and thus is a lot easier and cheaper than creating a custom web site.